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Critical Moments

Critical moments happen in life. Some decry our attention. Some resolve themselves. For me, this issue has shaken my analysis. It is freedom of speech–constitutional rights.

My attention was drawn to an article in Flipboard taken from “The Guardian” and written by Julia Carrie Wong (5/6/2016). She wrote: Progressive groups decry Facebook sponsorship of Republican convention.

…. a coalition of organizations urging technology companies and other corporations not to sponsor the party of Trump.

Donald J. Trump has placed us on a precarious crossroad in the social media (one of many public airings) regarding freedom of speech. How do we tolerate his hateful speeches: his bias, his prejudice, his bigotry, his sexism. It seems the only human beings he tolerates are white, American men. The hell with the rest of the world.

Social media is a fairly new way of communicating. It is one in which I think we may have to step back and take a serious look at limiting the kind of talk we have been experiencing. Yes, this treads on the edges of censorship; a scary thought for me as a writer.  Nevertheless, there must be a way to handle this. In my opinion, we are going to hear more about limiting speech on social media.

Do we give Mr. Trump a pass?

Minnie E. Miller



Life: My Daddy Was A Person, Too

Would knowing more about his early life make a difference in how I feel about him today? Trying but it doesn’t ease the pain.

Somewhere along the years he must have cared about his first three little girls and the beautiful lady who loved him.

A beautiful lady who loved him until she died.

Spirit, emotion, courage, difficulty — life.

Minnie E. Miller




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Presidential Election 2016

This presidential election is different. In my more than 78 years I can’t remember a more toxic atmosphere like this presidential election.  Make no mistake, Donald Trump is causing possible lasting damage to the Grand Old Party (G.O.P.).

“The front-runner for the Republican Party is as much a reflection of the condition as a cause, a reality that Ryan (R-Wis.) touched on only lightly in calling for a more positive and uplifting approach to politics by all sides.”

By Dan Balz, March 26 at 1:54 AM, The Washington Post.

Really,  Speaker Paul Ryan!

Nevertheless, the G.O.P. is not my concern. My loyalty has always been with the Democratic Party; however, they too need to take a look in the mirror. But there is hope.

The Democratic, enthusiastic, young supporters are the ones nearly making up for the foul language and evil spirits coming from the other Party. There are signs coming from these young people that show they are concerned about the future of The United States of America. What’s more I believe they are going to vote their concerns in the upcoming general election. That includes rejecting “politics as usual” offered by both parties.

Minnie E. Miller

Writer & Essayist



It Rankles

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s replacement must be nominated by the President of the United States. It then falls to the United States Senate to confirm that nominee before he or she can take the seat on our nation’s highest court.

President Obama: “The confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice is a solemn responsibility that the President and the Senate share under the U. S. Constitution. It is not a political opportunity that reflects “left” or “right,” Democrat or Republican. It’s a serious obligation to make sure that an indisputably qualified person of integrity is nominated and confirmed to sit on the highest court in the land.”

“The Senate has almost a full year — more than 300 days — to consider and confirm a nominee.”

Bringing Ms. Anita Hill into the Picture

Anita Hill came forward during the nomination hearing giving a stunning testimony on the sexual harassment she experienced while in Clarence Thomas’s employ in the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). During the hearing the so called power structure grilled her to no end.

Ms. Hill published her autobiography,  Speaking Truth to Power, including her role in the Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas’s nconfirmation controversy in 1991. Ms. Hill went on to receive many awards and honors throughout her most prestigious life.

I remember the battle over Judge Clarence Thomas’s hearing well. I was unemployed at the time and watched every day and took handwritten notes. That’s when I decided to become a serious writer. I knew as an autodidact with half an education it would be a long and sober undertaking on my part.

I have been keeping up with President Obama’s new nominee, Merrick Garland, and some members of the Senate as they attempt to stop the hearing, because I am an American.

Minnie E. Miller, Writer


Essential Education

President Barack Obama is correct in stating that we become advocates for educating our children in computer science. CSE is essential if they are to participate–no, survive–in the future economy of our country. Congress must be made to understand the importance of funding every level of education in the use of computers. Also, it would be to technology’s advantage to get behind the push to arm these young people with the wherewithal to step into the future. Technology is the future and growing more complex every year.

Please, drop a line to your senators and representatives in Congress and start a movement on behalf of the future generation. Take advantage of this election period: candidates are asking for your money and your vote; ask them for their support of our children’s education.

If anyone had told me that I would be fairly computer literate at the age of 79 I would have laughed in their face. Computer knowledge is important to keep up with my Medicare account. Answers to questions that arise each year about my benefits are posted online. I also have an internet portal with my medical group that offers tips and medical breakthrough notices. Checking my health data weekly keeps me on my toes.

Minnie E. Miller, Writer


Creative Fire

C. G. Jung wrote in “The Poet”:

The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its purpose through him. As a human being he may have moods and a will and personal aims, but as an artist he is “man” in a higher sense–he is “collective man”–one who carries and shapes the unconscious, psychic life of mankind…There are hardly any exceptions to the rule that a person must pay dearly for the divine gift of the creative fire.

Minnie Estelle Miller


Shifting Winds

It takes a courageous hand to steer this ship in choppy waters.

Life is but a grain of sand on the infinity of all the shores on the universe. But that is so romantic and so hard to remember in the day-to-day grind. With each new dawn comes another chance to make life work a little better. And with each new acquaintance comes a new experience of joy and sorrow to replace those we may lose along the way.

Life goes up, down, in circles, in cycles, crisscross, but rarely in a straight path. Thus it makes it difficult to understand.

Minnie Estelle Miller

Still a writer.


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